Irish at EU’s mercy
Sir — Brendan O’Connor (Sunday Independent, October 7) makes the usual assumptions that British Brexit supporters didn’t know what they were voting for. I voted Brexit, specifically to remove the UK from a centrally controlled European superstate, reclaim British sovereignty and regain control over finances, borders and culture.
Ireland, on the other hand, was forced into a second referendum after rejecting the EU, and, after an intense media propaganda effort, voted in the EU-approved way. (They’re currently trying this gambit in the UK to reverse the Brexit vote.) Ireland is too small an economy to survive as an independent entity. The historical hostility to the British has forced the Irish into the grasp of the EU after they completely screwed up its ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy, with Irish taxpayers being compelled to take on the debts of Irish and foreign banks. With no other options, the Irish were forced to bend over and comply.
Laurie Ryder, Ennis, Co Clare for the ‘Neil Francis Column’. His latest article (Sport, Sunday Independent, October 7) devoted to the memory of a great rugby man, Ned Thornton, has finally, caused me to ‘break-cover’. Pat Manton, Bishopstown,